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RoHS II

Passive Components to be used with Products according to Article 2 of directive 2011/65/EU, amended by Directive (EU) 2015/863

The RoHS II Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU) went into effect on January 3, 2013, thus replacing RoHS I (Directive 2002/95/EC). This directive was published on July 1, 2011, under the official designation, “Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 8, 2011, OJ No. L 174/88.”

The Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the list of restricted substances was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 4, 2015, OJ No. L 137/10.

There are a few changes for manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) under RoHS II. The important differences between RoHS I and RoHS II are in the following areas:

1. Scope

  • RoHS II defines a gradual extension of the requirements to all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), cables and spare parts with a view to full compliance by July 22, 2019.
  • RoHS II clarifies important definitions (Article 3) such as “homogeneous material.”

2. Restriction of new substances

  • The Commission will review the list of restricted substances periodically.

3. Exemptions

  • RoHS II defines clearer and more transparent rules for granting, renewing or deleting exemptions.

4. Coherence with other EU legislation

  • RoHS II is part of a new legislative framework. In particular, this affects CE marking and Declaration of Conformity (including the harmonized standard EN 50581).

From July 22, 2019, all categories of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are affected.

Like the preceding RoHS regulation, the RoHS II Directive does not apply to components. Nevertheless, TDK Electronics Group provides products – according to the TDK Electronics Group list of products that are RoHS II compatible – that are ready to be used with EEE.

RoHS information for TDK products is available online in the Product Center or via product inquiry.